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Aloe lineata
(Aiton) Haw.
(Aloe lineata var. viridis, Aloe lineata var. glaucescens, Aloe perfoliata var. lineata)

Aloe lineata grows with Aloe ferox and Aloe africana in its distribution area, although it is similiar to these aloes it has finer leaves, less robust and fine striations are visible on the leaves.

There is one recognised form, var. murii, which has yellow-green leaves with distinct red striations and the marginal teeth are larger.

The specie name 'lineata' means 'marked with parallel lines' and it refers to the lines that are present on the leaves.

Common Names: -
Status: Not threatened.
Distribution: Aloe lineata prefers dense vegetation and can be found from Grahamstown in the east o Riversdale in the west.
Description of Aloe lineata:
Stem: Compact medium-sized rosettes form on a stem that can be up to 2 meters in height. The stems are usually single and they are covered with the remains of old leaves.
Leaves: Leaves are a bluish-green colour, fine striations that run parallel to one another are present on the leaves, leaf surfaces are smooth, leaf margins are armed with sharp reddish-brown teeth.
Flower Description:
Inflorescence: Inflorescences are simple and up to four are borne from each rosette, racemes are tightly packed with numerous buds.
Flower: Flowers are a light pink to bright red colour. Flowers are tubular in shape. The buds form a neat looking raceme and they are covered by lasrge bracts.
Flowering Time: Flowering occurs from January to March, while the var. muirii flowers from June to November.
Cultivation of Aloe lineata:
Light: Light shade to full sun.
Watering: Careful watering required, drought resistent.
Frost Protection: Protection against severe frost required.

Aloe lineata is best grown in an area with a medium that is freely draining, this helps prevent diseases such as rot.

Grow Aloe lineata in an area in the garden that is protected from severe frost.

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Reference: Guide to the Aloes of Southern Africa.
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